The city police seem to be in no mood to spare school buses violating traffic rules.
This year, a total of 2,973 school buses were issued challans for various offences. The number of fines issued is nearly 23 times higher than last year when only 129 school vans were penalised. The offenders, including drivers of some popular schools, were caught during special drives launched by the traffic police. In many cases, the offenders had jumped red lights, putting the lives of students at risk.
“We have issued notices to all schools whose drivers were involved in violating traffic norms,” said Bharti Arora, DCP (traffic).
The erring bus drivers belonged to DPS, American School, Shalom Hills International School, Summerfields School, Ryan Public School, Amity School, Scottish High and Amiown Public School.
“We will take all necessary steps to ensure safety of our students. If a driver violates traffic rules, he will face legal action. Besides, the school will also take strict action against him,” said a school principal.
Another principal, seeking anonymity, said the police deliberately targeted school vehicles as many schools had refused admissions on the request of government authorities.